Blackout Strikes Abuja as Vandals Target and Bomb Power Infrastructure

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In a disturbing turn of events, Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, has been plunged into darkness following a malicious attack on the nation’s power infrastructure. Vandals targeted the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Tower 70, situated along the 330KV Gwagwalada-Katampe transmission line in the Federal Capital Territory, resulting in a significant reduction of power supply by 250MW.

TCN’s spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, confirmed the devastating impact of the incident, which severely compromised the flexibility of bulk power supply into Abuja. The attack, believed to be the work of suspected electricity vandals, underscores a worrying trend of infrastructure sabotage in the region.

The assault occurred on the night of February 26, 2024, at approximately 11:32 pm, disrupting the flow of electricity and triggering a series of operational challenges for TCN. Despite efforts to restore power through reclosure mechanisms, the situation persisted, prompting TCN to deploy a patrol team to assess the damage.

Upon inspection, it was discovered that the foundation of Tower 70 had been bombed, causing the structure to collapse and rely precariously on support from the surrounding conductors. This critical infrastructure damage not only disrupts daily life for residents but also poses significant safety risks and logistical hurdles for repair crews.

In response to the emergency, TCN has mobilized personnel to the affected site for urgent repairs, aiming to swiftly restore power supply to the region. Additionally, Ndidi Mbah issued a call for heightened vigilance among citizens, urging the public to report any suspicious activities or movements near power facilities to law enforcement agencies or TCN offices.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat posed by vandalism to the nation’s power infrastructure and highlights the need for concerted efforts to safeguard critical assets. TCN remains committed to addressing the situation and ensuring the uninterrupted delivery of electricity to communities across Nigeria.

As the repair efforts continue, the cooperation and support of the public are paramount in combating such acts of sabotage and preserving the stability and reliability of Nigeria’s power grid. Together, we can confront these challenges and pave the way for a brighter, more resilient energy future.

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